Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

As a means of further enhancing Virginia Wesleyan University's institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, President Scott D. Miller introduced the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC) in 2022. The DEIC leads institutional efforts to not only understand diversity, equity and inclusion issues, but also to provide resources and layers of support for students who bring rich experiences and perspectives to ensure that Virginia Wesleyan is continually honoring and respecting differences and that all members of the campus community have a voice. 

From purpose to function, the DEIC leads the institution in offering programs designed to enhance the educational value of the campus community through purposeful dialogue and celebration of difference. The Council consists of the University's designated Chief Diversity Officer and five deputy diversity officers from key institutional areas: Academics, Athletics, Student Activities, the Lighthouse, and the Robert Nusbaum Center. The Chief Diversity Officer is appointed by the President of the University and shall serve as chair. The DEIC meets monthly to discuss events and initiatives. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEIC)

Dr. Felipe Hugueño, Deputy Diversity Officer (Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies)
Dr. Modupe OshikoyaDeputy Diversity Officer, Academic Liaison (Assistant Professor of Political Science)
Cameia AlexanderDeputy Diversity Officer, Athletic Liaison (Director of Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track and Field)
Kelly JacksonDeputy Diversity Officer, Robert Nusbaum Center Liaison (Associate Director of the Robert Nusbaum Center)
Audwin HarrisDeputy Diversity Officer
Maria Peña-PinedoDeputy Diversity Officer
Bethany TsiarasDeputy Diversity Officer

Additionally, Dr. Susan Larkin, (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs), and Dr. Keith Moore (Senior Vice President), serve as ex officio liaisons to the President's Cabinet. 

Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA)

Virginia Wesleyan University joined, at the beginning of 2021, a group of 68 National Liberal Arts Colleges collaborating to form the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA), facilitated by the University of Southern California's Race & Equity Center. Meetings and resources from this group continue to inform and shape VWU's initiatives in this area.

The University is also consistently recognized for its ethnic diversity and social mobility among National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and has repeatedly distinguished itself as a community dedicated to equal opportunity for students, faculty, and staff as an Equity & Inclusion College of Distinction.